D.G.’s Rating: 2.5 stars = C
Lauren Blakely went from a very good satisfying, funny romance (Well Hung) to the tediousness that was The Sexy One. This was SO.FREAKING.BORING! I was so bored that it took me 2 weeks to listen to the audiobook even though it was barely over 5 hours (I usually listen to that in a day.)
The Sexy One is told in his/her alternating POVs and it seems to be Ms. Blakely’s attempt to do a more romantic book instead of her usual humorous, slightly dirty stories told from the guy’s POV. Simon & Abbey are both nice people without any traumas or dark pasts. Simon is divorced but even this doesn’t seem to have made a big impact in his life.
The whole “I can’t date the nanny” conflict could have been resolved with an honest conversation: “I like you, you like me. What should we do about it?” Instead, these two hem and haw throughout most of the book:
- “Dating the nanny is a cliche!” (who cares)
- “It’s a forbidden relationship!” (it isn’t – they are both adults)
- “My life is too complicated!” (he’s not the first single father or the last to want to date past his divorce)
What we have is an excuse after an excuse to lengthen the “plot”. Even when things get physical, they decide not to move forward “just to prove they can”. Why? What does that accomplish? That maybe they weren’t as much into each other as they said they were? With the dearth of good, hot, successful, single guys in Manhattan, a woman has to be crazy not to grab one when she has the chance (I have enough single female friends living in NYC to know this.)
I’m not sure why Ms. Blakely deviated from her usual style. Was this an experiment? Was this because she couldn’t write a dirty book with a father as the hero? (Heaven forbid!) Cuteness in fiction should be in very small doses because if not, it turns into maudlin territory (as the business of the baby eagles proves.) There are so many discussions of cute animals a reader can take before she starts rolling her eyes.
One issue I keep having with Ms. Blakely (which made this romance even worse) is that she tends to fix career problems as if by magic. At the end, everything works out EXACTLY how they would have hoped, without either character having to sacrifice anything. I don’t know why Ms. Blakely does this. Romance readers don’t expect every single thing to just work out for the characters.
Overall, a big disappointment and only recommended if you like super saccharine books. I’m really looking forward when Ms. Blakely goes back to her usual fare.
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